Melanoma: Prevention, Detection, and Treatment
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When is a mole a problem? What do melanomas look like? Are tanning salons OK? How can melanoma be prevented? With the increased incidence of melanoma (up 2000% since 1930), you need to know the answers to these questions and more.DuPont Guerry, MD, joined us for a closer look at prevention, detection, and treatment of melanomas on June 22, 2005.
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Another piece of this may be that we are better at recognizing melanomas, so some of the increase is because we have found early melanomas that we used to ignore.
Another piece of the puzzle is learn to examine your own skin for suspicious changing spots that are often pigmented, dark brown, dark, dark like black, that sort of thing. You want to find your melanoma before it has any capacity to do you in. And one of the nice things, and I mean nice, about melanoma is it is pigmented in the skin, there for you to look at, there for you to recognize as alien and changing and there for you to take to your doctor and have it taken care of before it can do something bad to you. Early melanoma is generally easy to recognize and highly curable.
The thing to do as an individual is to look at your skin from top to bottom, often with the aid of a friend, companion, partner, spouse, interested individual, once a month, looking for things that are different, odd or changing.
There are these things called the A, B, C, D, Es of melanoma, so what you're looking for is:
- Allergic Skin Disorders
- Bacterial Skin Diseases
- Bites and Infestations
- Diseases of Pigment
- Fungal Skin Diseases
- Medical Anatomy and Illustrations
- Noncancerous, Precancerous & Cancerous Tumors
- Oral Health Conditions
- Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions
- Scalp, Hair and Nails
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
- Vascular, Lymphatic and Systemic Conditions
- Viral Skin Diseases
- Additional Skin Conditions